My second overseas trip was to Europe. Many of my friends had already been to or lived in Europe in some form or fashion and I had heard all of their stories and was itching to get there myself. I had several reasons for going:
- My main motivation for the trip was to go to Poland and meet the family of my girl friend, Ewa. I needed to know if I could live in Poland as I was considering marrying her. Consequently getting exposure to the culture and language was pretty important to me.
- I wanted to spend some time with a great friend of mine, Kevin, in Holland. I had met him in Texas, and he had been working and living in Holland for close to a year and I wanted to catch up with him.
- I had some graphic arts film negatives to deliver to an organization in Austria. They were translating some Christian discipleship tracts into various eastern European languages and the art work for these tracts was on the film I was delivering.
- I wanted to accompany a professor of mine and visit our mutual friend Janis, in his home country, Latvia. I had worked and gone to school with him in Texas for a while and I wanted to see him in his home country.